Hitch light possessed! Glowing when off!
Recently, I updated all the interior lights, plus the doorway and hitch lamp to LEDs on our newly acquired 2006 16' Bambi. LEDs rock. Power consumption is way down.
But this is where it gets weird. I swapped out the hitch lamp, a glass blade connector, for an LED version. It is very bright when on, but it STILL GLOWS when off. It's difficult to see in daytime (but possible), but at night it illuminates a small area. IT IS POSSESSED.
Whoa! The incandescent didn't do this. Only the LED! What's going on?
So, I pulled the LED lamp out when I put it into storage for a few weeks to minimize battery drain.
Anyone else come across this?
My theory is that there is a low-conductivity (but not zero conductivity) path across the switch due to grime and whatever, and that's enough current to cause the LED to emit visible light, though at a low level. The incandescent bulb may have bled an equal amount of current too when OFF too, but wasn't efficient enough to illuminate with it. I guess I should eventually remove the hitch jack hood, accessing the switch, and clean everything and put the LED back in. Or not.
2006 16' International CCD pulled by 2016 Toyota 4runner